Plant-Based Protein Innovation Technology Funding

Receive up to $50% of Project Costs in Funding Support.

The Plant-Based Protein Innovation Technology Funding program supports Canadian businesses in the plant-based protein industry improve their technological systems, data, artificial intelligence, and more to improve efficiencies in the industry.

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Plant-Based Protein Innovation Technology Funding

Amount of Funding

Access up to $50% of project costs in funding support.

Amount of Funding from the Canadian Government

Plant-Based Protein Innovation Technology Funding

Eligible Applicants

Applicants may be eligible for funding if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must have at least two Protein Industries Canada (PIC) members contributing to the project
    • At least one must be a SME with fewer than 500 employees and less than $50 million in annual gross revenues
    • Encouraged, but not necessary to incorporate an academic or research institution
  • All project participants must contribute in a meaningful way with at least two project partners contributing financially
  • Must be Canadian companies, or multi-national corporations who are legally entitled to do business in Canada with a significant Canadian business operation
  • All project contributors must be PIC members. Membership is $500/organization
Eligible Applicants for Canadian Government Funding

Plant-Based Protein Innovation Technology Funding

Eligible Activities

Projects may be eligible for funding if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

Create: Advanced breeding technologies and germplasm development.

  • Improvements to protein content, quality and functionality with an aim to improve processing efficiency and the development of novel food ingredients

Grow: Primary production and sustainability objectives using technologies related to data and predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, automation, and sensor technology to increase production efficiency, including nutrient and water use, as well as soil carbon sequestration and enhanced photosynthesis.

  • Reduce cost, improve sustainability and increase understanding of the effects of production practices on protein quality and quantity

Make: Improving processing by enhancing current processes or developing new technologies to increase efficiency, decrease energy consumption or develop entirely new products from existing commodities.

  • Allow companies to scale, attract investment into the sector and help meet the need for product consistency in both supply and quality

Sell: Development of new markets in the human, livestock, aquaculture and pet food sectors and serving these markets more effectively with improved logistics and traceability.

  • Build on Canada’s brand advantage as a food and ingredient supplier to take advantage of the increased demand for plant proteins. This includes pre-competitive research, prototyping and testing, improved trade relationships, and trade literacy. Investments will connect small and medium sized enterprises with multinational food and ingredient manufacturers and branded food companies through improved supply chains
Eligible Expenses for Canadian Government Funding

Plant-Based Protein Innovation Technology Funding

Program Deadline

Open two-stage application process including an Expression of Interest (EOI) and, if called forward, a full application. Approved EOIs can transition to a full application/proposal

Program Deadline for Canadian Government Funding
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